The Philippines will not militarize the 9 islands it controls in the Kalayaan Island Group in West Philippine Sea, National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana told CNN Philippines on June 3 saying that there is no threat of attack.
“We will not militarize our island there, we will not bring in military equipment to defend it because I don’t think there is any threat of attack [on] Pag-asa and 8 other islands. We have 9 islands there in Spratlys all occupied by our troops,” the defense chief said.
He also noted that the newly constructed beaching ramp in Pag-asa Island will help improve lives of its residents.
“The completion of the beaching ramp means big thing to us and to the people in Pag-asa. It means that we can now bring in more supplies especially in the repair of the runway because the next project will be the repair the runway,” he said.
“We can now bring in materials, we can bring in heavy equipment, we can also bring in construction materials to improve the living quarters of our people there and also help the people there because there are about 200 civilian residents in Pag-asa who are fishermen,” Secretary Lorenzana explained.
“I think we could improve their lives better because we can bring in, specially, generators because they don’t have any electricity, those are the benefits there,” the defense chief noted.